LIFEGUARDS are needed at Mwnt beach as it becomes ever-more popular with visitors.

That is the view of Ceredigion county councillor Clive Davies, who represents the Penparc ward and is concerned at a rise in the number of incidents at the beach.

The Tivyside Advertiser has reported on a couple of rescues in the past few weeks – one where two adults and a young child were rescued from rocks by Cardigan lifeboat after their kayaks overturned and another where a woman was airlifted to hospital after being pulled out of the water by members of the public.

Lifeguards already operate at nearby Aberporth and Poppit Sands and Cllr Davies is now keen to see them operating at Mwnt during the busy summer season.

“We don’t have all the answers yet but let’s see what we can do,” said Cllr Davies.

“I have already had a meeting with the lifeguard team from the RNLI to explore options for cover at Mwnt and I will also be meeting with the National Trust, who are the owners of the beach, to see if they are willing to help.

“Maybe we can create some sort of forum involving businesses and the local community to raise the money needed or perhaps set up a charity to access other funding and grants to provide cover

“It is no longer our little hidden gem with the 30,000 visitors it now gets and too often it is appearing in the local press regarding incidents.”